Some say that color is the second most important characteristic in a diamond’s beauty and appearance. Cut is a diamond’s most important aspect because our eyes can detect sparkle and shine very noticeably. Diamond color is graded actually on the absence of color. The higher color grade a diamond is given actually means the less color the diamond will have. Most often the color seen in diamonds is a pale to strong yellow or light to dark brown. The stronger these hues are the less sparkle and shine you will see in the diamond. So, choosing a diamond with a higher or better color grade is more appealing to most people.

Decatur Jewelry & Pawn has a vast international diamond network that allows us to locate any diamond to suit any taste or budget. We specialize in GIA-graded diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America, GIA, is the industry leader in certifying diamonds so that you know exactly what your diamond will be. A GIA certified diamond will have the diamond’s exact color, clarity, cut quality and carat weight. Any diamond certified by the GIA in the last ten years will have the certification number laser inscribed on the girdle of the diamond.   There are other known diamond grading laboratories in the market, but none of them compare to the high grading standards that the GIA offers. Their website is full of great information for both the novice and experienced diamond enthusiast and consumer. Before you buy any diamond to be used in jewelry, or as an investment, I strongly urge you to visit their website and gain as much information as you can. After, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me or any other qualified jeweler your questions and I will be glad to assist any way I can.


One of the most essential & defining characteristics of a diamond is its cut. This is because it has the greatest influence on a diamond’s sparkle. Simply stated, the better the cut grade, the more the diamond will shine.

Color, clarity and carat weight affect the beauty of a diamond too, but it’s how well it is cut that really brings the diamond to life. Most gemologists and jewelers will recommend that you choose the highest cut grade that your budget allows. I recommend a “Very Good” or better cut grade, if possible.